MacDougall Auctions 12-18 June 2008

12 June 2008

Artist Index / Full Catalogue

Abstract Composition

67. ANNENKOV, YURI 1889-1974

Abstract Composition signed and dated 1921.

Mixed media, collage on paper, 32.5 by 24.5 cm.

Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist.
Private collection, France.

To be included in the catalogue-raisonne, prepared by Andre and Vladimir Hofmann.

In the twenties, in addition to painting portraits of renowned poets, intellectuals and political figures, Annenkov produced a series of collages using several distinct and contrasting materials and combining abstract geometrical forms and lines with figurative motifs and household objects.

In this work, the brown paper appears moved by an unseen force from the arched blue background and responds to the frightened monkey at the bottom of the work. It could be said that this is a satirical allusion to the entrapment of people by the expanding strength of the Revolution.

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